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The 2018 World Cup is formally underway. Russia opened the match with a 5-Zero hammering of Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
Pretty entertaining stuff.
But whereas that was all enjoyable and video games, one celebration has raised a number of eyebrows. A video of a bear enjoying a vuvuzela went viral on Thursday, inflicting widespread outrage throughout the web.
Now, we’ve to be clear right here. We can’t say for positive if that’s really a bear. It would possibly simply be any individual carrying a really practical bear costume.
But, since this is not the first time the Russians have paraded round a bear for sport-related stuff… we’re a bit… properly… we’re unsure actually.
A educated bear named Tim helped open a 3rd league recreation in April when it marched out onto the subject and handed the ball to the official.
A video surfaced on YouTube in April displaying an actual bear on a soccer subject along with his coach enjoying a vuvuzela… so it might very properly be the identical bear… and Goal.com chief correspondent Peter Staunton, additionally insists that the clip is actual.
Animal rights teams, as you would possibly anticipate, have strongly condemned the clip in query and all earlier situations of a bear being made to carry out for leisure.
The bear additionally appears to be giving a “quenelle salute” – an antisemitic gesture – which has raised the outrage stage additional.
Watch: Bear performs the vuvuzela whereas driving a Jeep
Just been despatched this, seems to be a bear in a jeep, blowing a vuvuzela (?) and then giving a quenelle salute. And advised it is occurring someplace in Moscow. pic.twitter.com/Tg0Hj0taSo
— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) June 14, 2018
The “quenelle,” went viral in France over 5 years in the past and is related to racism, antisemitism, and thought to be an inverted Nazi salute.
Ex-France striker Nicolas Anelka used the gesture throughout a match in England while enjoying for West Bromwich Albion in 2013.
A fast search on YouTube returns different outcomes of a bear enjoying a vuvuzela, this time, driving a bike.
Watch: Bear performs the vuvuzela on a bike
Well, that’s fairly a begin to the World Cup.